Wednesday, October 13, 2010
No Asian Red Ranger for Power Rangers Samurai
This issue has been bothering me ever since we all found out Saban Brands bought the rights to Power Rangers and is adapting Shinkenger. People on YouTube and the PR Forums are complaining about not getting an Asian Red Ranger for PR Samurai. Judgments about this season are already being made because of no Asian Red Ranger.
Why? Why are people suddenly noticing this now instead of past years? I think it's because this year's theme is Samurai and it's heavily influenced in Japanese culture. But why does race matter? Who cares if we don't have an Asian Red Ranger this season? I'm a little bit Spanish from my father's side of the family, and we have yet to see some type Spanish/Latino leader for Power Rangers. You don't see me complaining. I think that people should stop complaining about this issue and just wait until the show to make their judgments.
When Saban Brands started casting calls for the Red Ranger, they were originally looking for a White male in the first place, then it was eventually changed to all races, but by then it was too late because everyone auditioning were White so it was pretty set in stone. It would be nice to have an Asian leader for once but people should be happy with what you get. It's not about what they look like, it's about what they bring to the table. Race doesn't matter, and this issue needs to stop.